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Fat Camp

Narrated by: Mark Sando
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Since 1985, more than 500 overweight teenagers have come to Camp Wašíču looking to lose weight, gain self-confidence, and turn their lives around. Phillip McCracken arrives, weighing in at almost 400 pounds; but the baggage he carries from the past affects him much more deeply than the numbers of the scale. 

When a homicidal maniac hell-bent on revenge attacks, Phillip will be forced to either find the courage to save the people around him or fall victim to his own self-doubt...and possibly a machete. 

This coming-of-age story - cleverly disguised as a slasher - delivers horror, humor, and a little stab of nostalgia for anyone who grew up even slightly afraid of the dark.

©2018 James Sabata (P)2018 James Sabata

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Darkly Adorkable

(I received an Audible copy for an honest review.)

FAT CAMP is darkly adorable, meaningful and hilarious. The characters feel like real kids, and their personality tropes don’t dilute them. The book’s tone reminds me of Holes, with a slasher-genre hat on. :)

Fat Camp is from the POV of a teenage boy, so clearly there are things like wanking jokes/crude humor, but it adds to characters. While this isn’t my standard reading genre, I found myself relating to the main character’s weight-lost struggle and social issues and couldn’t put it down. The dialogue is super natural, especially with the narrator weaving through conversations.

I do agree with Amazon reviewers that the killer solvable halfway through, but FAT CAMP is honestly about the journey and humor, and not the nail-biting trepidation of a standard “who-dunnit.”

The narrator does a fantastic job with the main character and side characters (like Sarge). It took me a while to grow on them, but at my normal reading speed (1.7), he clicked with me.

Overall, I really enjoyed FAT CAMP and I'm happy I was given the opportunity to check it out!

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 03-12-19

A Splatterpunk-Slasher-Coming of Age Story

I have to say starting off, I wasn’t quite sure where Fat Camp was going for about the first 10 chapters. Was it an autobiography? A love story? A story of friendship at Summer Camp? But really its all of those things as so much more! A coming of age story of a lovable, overweight young man, who is learning not only who he is, but what he is capable of if he only learns to believe in himself.

This story is sure to appeal to anyone who loves a classic teenage summer slasher setting offering a little violence, gore, and sex; right alongside with some good old fashioned marshmallow roasting over the campfire. Chock-full of iconic throwbacks to some of our favorite teenage slasher movies of yesteryear.

Overall I thought that this story was well written, well executed, and has a relatable telling of discussing some heavy-hitting topics. Fat Camp could be a bit crass and crude, but aren’t all splatterpunk novels supposed to be a little?? Definitely one of the more interesting horror stories I’ve read in a while.